1997 Land Rover Discovery Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1997 Land Rover Discovery V8i from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission V8i Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Better to know before you buy

Faults:

There is always something going wrong with the Discovery. The Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) has been replaced twice. There is corrosion on the aluminum doors. The window seals all split. It gets terrible gas mileage ~ averages 11 mpg. And if you don't know a mechanic personally, be prepared to sign over half of every paycheck.

General Comments:

If you are considering a Land Rover, know what you're getting yourself into. The "club" of owners include many loyal Rover aficionados. However, if you're not going to be going off road or towing horses, get a Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Similarly priced, same great comfort, much more reliable and cheaper to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2002

1997 Land Rover Discovery SE7 3.9L V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.9L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 kilometres
Most recent distance120000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Acclaim

Summary:

A secondhand 4WD bargain if you can service the vehicle yourself or by a local garage

Faults:

The Discovery has so far proved to be a very reliable vehicle, contrary too many reports I have read from other owners.

The only fault I have experienced with the vehicle has been a loose accelerator kick-down cable, which I fixed in 2 minutes. The loose cable prevented the transmission from kicking down to the next gear when the pedal was fully depressed.

General Comments:

The Discovery is a very comfortable vehicle which is highly capable in the bush. Unlike the Series II which has traction control, mine has the simple diff lock which proves to be far more effective off-road. I take the car into the bush for a workout every two weeks, and it still drives me to work every weekday without a problem.

The rear seats are comfortable, but the two extra seats in the rear are for young children only.

The driver's footrest is difficult to access due to the plastic cover which hides the wiring being far too close to the pedals, so your foot can get caught, but I am now used to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2002

1997 Land Rover Discovery S 2.5 Tdi from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 Tdi Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Series 2

Summary:

Cheap to run, extremely capable 4wd vehicle

Faults:

Injectors clogged and had to be decarbonised.

After market Sony stereo caused problems on delivery. This was fixed quickly, as the wires were around the wrong way!

General Comments:

My Land Rover has been an exceptional car.

It's great around town, and I get great fuel economy around town, on the highway and off road. It's no drag car, however, but it keeps up with the traffic flow.

Discoveries are very comfortable cars inside, and are fabulous long distance cruising cars.

Vision out of the car is superb, and the permanent 4WD is great on wet roads - the car is very stable, even during fast cornering.

Off road performance is exceptional, but be careful of the door seals letting water in during deep water crossings!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2001

1997 Land Rover Discovery 4 litre gas from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 4 litre gas
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

The front seats were designed by Satan. They are too short in the lower area, providing no leg support. Sciatica pains abound. The cupholder was designed for European and not America (ie Snapple; Big Gulp) containers. The lighter socket is 1mm too large for most car phone plugs. Plugs fall out..

General Comments:

Great unstoppable vehicle. Will boldly go where no vehicle has gone before, at a great price. Typical 1980's British build quality and (lack of) attention to the little details. I test drove the 1999 Disco II; many errors were attended to. I do love to take this car skiing, though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 1999

12th Dec 2005, 12:17

I am looking for a socket adapter for our 1996 Discovery. We've been frustrated by the same item pointed out in this review - the lighter socket (which I thought was just worn) is about 1mm too large for most American appliances; cell phones, iPod chargers, etc. Can anyone point me to a good source to rectify this problem?

11th Jan 2006, 05:03

Replace your socket with one bought @ a local car store or walmart for 7.99.

Are you helpless???

1997 Land Rover Discovery SE 2.5 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Noisy A/C belt, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

At 27,000 km the car has been great.

Wet weather and unsealed roads are no problem. On long trips or 9 hours+ it is very comfortable and induces minimal driver fatigue. City driving requires more effort than usual due to the heavy clutch, but you develop a strong left leg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1997 Land Rover Discovery TDI 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10

Faults:

Over 26,000 miles in 15 months, had windscreen washer pack up once, nothing else.

General Comments:

Great driving position and comfortable front passenger seat, back more comfortable for kids due leg room than adults on long trips. Mid range (say 40-70mph) acceleration slow but comfortably tops published top speed (ie can go over 90mph easily). Diesel good mpg and aircon great optional extra with separate front/back settings. Problem for old people to get in as v high and no step like some 4*4's have. Boot a bit vertical which can make taking lot of luggage tricky to pack. Great to drive on v wet or icy roads, seems v stable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 1999

1997 Land Rover Discovery TDi 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Alternator failed - car still mobile

Popped out of high / low range

In both cases the road-side / home assistance was first class and arrived within the hour. (Mondial)

General Comments:

Unbeatable driving position and all-weather performance, marred by occasional mechanical problems.

The TDi is OK for motorway use but takes too long to accelerate, leaving you stuck behind traffic queues on A roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

1997 Land Rover Discovery ES Auto 2.5 turbo diesel injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel injection
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing yet, it's only two weeks old.

General Comments:

My second Discovery. Wouldn't consider anything else. The first was completely reliable and never let us down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 1997

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 24 reviews